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The MD Magazine Breakthrough Pain condition center provides clinical news and articles, information about upcoming conferences and meetings, updated clinical trial listings, and other resources.

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Brooke Worster: What can be Done About the Opioid Epidemic
With doctors having busy schedules to begin with it can be difficult to help patients who may have an addiction or issue with opioids. Taking a few extra minutes can sometimes make all the difference in helping these vulnerable patients avoid a much worse scenario.
While looking to find ways to treat patients with pain beyond opioids a considerable amount of research has been done looking at alternative medications and treatments that can provide relief without the potential risks of addiction.
In the struggle against the growing opioid epidemic the CDC recently announced new guidelines aimed at helping guide doctors on when to prescribe this form of medication and what other steps can be done to help patients.
As more states across the country legalize marijuana in a variety of forms the usefulness of cannabinoids as a treatment method for people with neuropathic pain remains a question that many studies have explored.
As patients seek help for chronic and acute pain problems doctors and health care professionals continue to seek new treatment options beyond surgery and medication.
With a continually growing opioid addiction new guidelines have been adopted looking to help fight this problem across the population. Some concerns have been raised about whether this will cause doctors to shy away from prescribing the medications for patients who can benefit most from them.
Temple University Researchers suggest that a guideline created by Temple University Hospital and Temple University Hospital-Episcopal Campus for prescribing opioids in order to maximize safety and avoid misuse appears to significantly decrease the rate of opioid prescribing for minor and chronic non-cancer pain complaints in an acute care setting.
Recently published reports show the immune system of spinal cord patients can be controlled using a family of therapeutic stem cells.
Electrostimulation is becoming a growing trend in medicine as researchers find new ways to help patients better manage their pain symptoms.

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